December 8, 2011 Subject:
As Stooges and as Three Stooges
In "Plane Nuts," Ted Healy and His Stooges (Howard, Fine and Howard) do a couple of vaudeville routines as lead-ins to recycled footage of Busby Berkeley-style dance routines. The basics of many now familiar Stooges gags are in evidence. Moe and Ted had been friends since childhood, so the decision to break from Healy must have been painful.
"I'll Never Heil Again" is a sequel to 1940's "You Nazty Spy," with the boys reprising their send-up of Hitler's inner circle, this time joined with parodies of the Axis powers. Curly gets a water pipe as a gift from the Bay of Rum. For trivia fans, the Japanese Delegate always taking pictures is an unbilled Duncan Renaldo, later of "The Cisco Kid."
It's interesting to compare how the act flowered after breaking with Healy, but I'm left wondering if these are actually public domain.